The blades of vengeances have fallen swiftly. The shinobi are no more as 'Absolute Justice' has returned...now, it is the Samurai that rule the Five Major Nations!
But at what cost? Have they become the very thing that they despised the most...? Heroes and villains seem to change roles every day, but one thing is for certain - we yearn for our freedom, for days gone by where we flew the skies unhindered.
"Summon them? I can't. Although I was taught the arts of Kuchiyose, I've never actually taken a personal interest in making use of it on the battlefield. But, if you feel as though they will be useful items to us, I'll be more than willing to gain their trust."
Immediately responding to Yoku, Ji foucsed back upon the path ahead, which, oddly enough, lead to an area filled with a number of overly large mushrooms. Scanning from area to area, Ji wanted to say that they were headed in the correct direction, however, it'd been far to early for both Ji and Yoku to have ushered in any kind of certainty. For now, the only leads that Ji relied upon were his intuition and a hunch. Regardless, a hefty amount of sunlight still remained within that day, so fortunately, the duo still held onto their advantage of time.
"We have plenty of sunlight left, however, I'd prefer that we reach the village before sunset, otherwise heading towards a village dressed as we are wouldn't exactly warrant a warm welcome."
Having voiced his thoughts, Ji realized that at all cost, he wanted to avoid any confrontation for now, namely do to his lack of own preparation. The power he needed for his plan hadn't been reached, and because of it, he remained even reluctant to show others the power he currently obtained.
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Intrigued by the story presented by Yoku regarding the raid performed by he and his allies seven years ago, Ji's eyes finally lifted up and met with Yoku's own. Upon having been told the truth about the incident so long ago, Ji managed to formulate a general idea of Yoku's strength and those of his allies, the same allies he had access to whenever he deemed to need it. Before long, Ji read through his partners movements and followed him into the tree-lines where they continued their search for Kusagakure. As asked, in exchange for an answer to his own question, Ji would've been obligated to answer one of Yoku's own. Surprisingly, he inquired about Ji's story, a story he couldn't just summerize vaguely, nay, he needed time, time that two actually had.
"Well, as strange as the beginning sounds, I'm not from this world in a sense. I was born. . .elsewhere. "
His words were true in the purest form, he hadn't been born into the shinobi world and introduced to its chaos and calamity from the very starting point of his existence. Considering the myriad of events that Yoku had seen over his long standing career as a shinobi, his eyes had undoubtedly come across a great many things that a normal man would've considered impossible without even a sliver of hesitation.
"I'd been born within Mount Youbin, a summoning world ruled by its sage, Namyeol and his family of bears. I was raised there until my teenage years, despite the time different between here and there. Regardless, I leaved there peacefully for 14, and those 7 years ago was one of my few first moments when I came here to assume the title of Shodaime Amekage. Over these past 7 years I've come to see the types of people within this world and just how chaotic they are, civilians and shinobi alike. It's broken and it needs to be fixed."
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Ji nodded in agreement once Yoku presented his expectation for the impending situation within Kusagakure. If he truly believed that everything would've fallen into place as he planned so contentedly, then as his 'partner in crime' Ji would give him the support he'd need. Under Ji's watchful eyes, everything is safe and protected, family & allies alike. Nevertheless, his eyes and head turned with Yoku's movements before and after he juxtaposed himself to Ji, noticing the signal he'd given so that they could continue onward to search for Kusagakure. Nodding once more the moment he decided it'd been time to go, Ji followed suit and bolted forward further into Kusa no Kuni's thick forestry and immediately itched to inquire about Yoku's intentions among other things.
Briefly, he looked down, almost as if he'd been nervous or hesitated to say what'd been on his mind after a few minutes of travel. Sighing, he mustered up the courage to ask. . .
"So, back there in Kumogakure, what really happened? I never made it past the gates and I heard rumors about you and your partner - a god of lightning as some would say. Don't take this the wrong way but, I trust you as of now, but as a shinobi, i'd like to know more about just exactly who I'm dealing with. If need be, the Q & A is mutual."
He batted not even a single gaze in Yoku's direction, hoping he hadn't offended his senior and elder in some way, shape, or form. Speeding through the road, leaving the general directions left up to the leader of their two man group, Ji himself merely remained alert and aware of their surroundings, even on the move. While Ji himself remained under the radar and unknown to most of the shinobi world due to his growth, he knew nothing of Yoku's fame, his enemies, and just how badly they wanted his head. But for now, whoever his enemies were, they'd have to deal with him as well.
Having heard that Yoku 'felt' Ji's mental, physical, and spiritual change spoke volume in respect to his own growth over the past seven years, enough so that even without his usual set of eyes, Ji managed to notice that detail with absolute clarity. Reflexively, Ji slightly smirked once Yoku confirmed his willingness to cooperate despite not having known what Ji's motives were entirely, but truthfully, Ji saw that as a sign of immediate trust.
Thereafter, once Yoku motioned the conversation towards Kusagakure, Ji -who'd just been passing through- had actually been surprised to have been 'assigned' to a task so soon. To have the Kage of Kusagakure willingly step down had been something that seemed quite far fetched, so, naturally, Ji expected the worse case scenario - being forced into attack the village.
Although he'd have been reluctatnt to do so, their agreement left Yoku as his superior in their partnership and left Ji to abide by his commands until Ji's plan called for their roles to be switched.
"The fall of Kusa eh? Sounds complicated, but judging from the tone in your voice, you sound pretty confident about completing the task successfully. If my information about the Kusakage is correct, she won't step down, not without some kind of opposition. I'm not questioning your approach, but as an ally, I will advise that you don't go in expecting a smooth ride. Expect the worst case scenario, I'm you know what that is exactly."
While Ji held not even a sliver of a bond with Kusagakure, if helping Yoku with his plans furthered Ji's own, that it'd have been a sacrifice that needed to happen.
"Regardless of what you decide to do, you have my watching your back. "
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Ji's brow came to a rest as Yoku turned and faced him properly, confirming his identity in doing so. Ji's eyes closed as his mind vividly remembered the very thing Yoku coaxed him to do as a innocent child new to 'that world'. He managed to escape from Kumogakure, however, that day had been the very first day where he learned a hard lesson about the difference between the shinobi world and his sheltered home - things hadn't always been what they seemed. Continuing to close in on Yoku, each step that brought him closer triggered a memory sequence so to speak, namely each instance where Ji fully realized the darkness and chaos that plagued the world. Learning about betrayal, the history of his father, being stolen from, and targeted over trivial matters, all those realities crushed his dreams as a child, dreams that now swapped presence with a plan that needed to be carried out for the 'greater good' even if it cost him his life.
"Correct, It's me alright, surprised you've recognized me just as fast. . ."
Only a handful of meters from Yoku, Ji's walking progression stopped where his eyes slowly opened thereafter to view the very man that indirectly showed him the truth, the truth he need to accept and embrace if he truly desired absolute power. Chuckling at the very thought of meeting the man that changed him without him even knowing that he did or even how, he continued to answer all of his presented questions.
"It has been a while, but I made it in ok and came out. . .something new. Sending my to this village made me realize a great many things about the world, things that can only be fixed by a select few. . ."
He paused, extending an open hand towards Yoku & the beast within (despite not actually knowing) before finishing what he had to say.
"-It's because of that that I could benefit from your help as you would benefit from mine. I need allies for what I have planned, so when the time comes for me to collect my 'favor', I'll have the means to set this plan in motion. So, for now, I'll help you anyway possible in exchange for your power when I need it. I'm sure you don't know what I'm capable of, but lets just say that my 'eyes' have fully ascended beyond any other."
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Seven years, it'd been seven long years since Ji made his physical and mental transition into a monarch of the new world, the same transition he believed that heralded the formation of all ninja beneath a single ruler or even a group. Year after year, steo after step, he drew closer to his goals, constructing and formulating plans and idea's during his endeavors. Although his progress and preparation hadn't reached total completion, the goal itself had been off into the distance, however, Ji easily (albeit slowly) held it steady within his line of sight.
It'd been because of his own ideology that fate summoned him onto the soils of Kusa no Kuni, a land that his father once visited. It's lush forest and thick greenery were a sight to behold, but, unfortunately, Ji's role in the new world held no room to bask in such trivial matters. So, without much effort or obstruction, Ji made his way along a curving 'S' shaped path, heading towards its village where he hoped to persuade it's ruler or leader to become his 'ally'.
For the most part, the day had been relatively smooth and quiet with clear skies and a forest that seemed completely absent of readily apparent wildlife, even after having traveled miles into the country from its border. Momentarily, he thought of home - Amegakure, yet, little by little Ji realized that the flare he once held for his precious village for the sake of his fathers name slowly vanished. As time passed, his desire to create absolute peace with an iron fist grew overwhelming, unimaginably so to the point where he needed to expand its imminent influence across not one or two villages, but the entire world involved with shinobi.
Mulling over his plans in excruciating detail for the millionth time, they became a mere afterthought once he began to approach a man from his rear - someone strangely familiar in both appearance and chakra. An eyebrow raised from curiosity while his raven eyes focused in on his position. Lessening the pace of his walk, he approached slowly and announced himself.
"You there, excuse me for my rudeness, but you seem. . . .strangely familiar. Have we met some time ago."
While he couldn't readily tell who the man had been, Ji always knew that worse-case scenario, the sharingan would reveal any and all hidden truths.
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The young girls reaction, admittedly, took Ji by surprise as she jumped up and down while informing him that he needed to actually go to the command tower itself. He wanted to know why, but considering the girls personality and how vague both she and her 'big brudda' were, the best option he could've taken had been to not ask at all and use that time to make his way to the command tower. With Ji's spirit still attached to Uso's body, he truly wished to not get involved in any sort of combat, at least, not against someone overly powerful where his Mangekyo sharingan would be needed.
"Thanks I guess, even with all the riddles and things. Farewell."
Having said his goodbyes, he turned upon both heels and bolted off through the column of trees, zooming through the thick forestry and headed straight towards Amegakure & its command tower. Feeling as though time had been agaisnt him, he moved as quickly as possible, nearly pushing Uso's body to its limits with speed.
"I've got to hurry back, if anything happens to Amegakure, I'll tear this country apart to find that girl and that old, pale man."
Before long, he reached the village's gates, where -naturally- they mistook Ji for Uso yet they still let him in without question considering Ji's relationship with Uso. Nodding to the guards, he rushed into and through the village streets, well on his way to the tower. As seconds of travel turned into minutes, finally, Ji reached its base entrance where he shoulder tackled the door, thrusting it open vehemently before examining its interior for anything out of the ordinary.
Having heard an answer he hadn't expected, Ji stepped back with his thumb and finger stroking his chin while he contemplated upon the old man's riddle once more. They mentioned that it'd been a place and not a person, which, made sense considering that the riddle itself matched with what Ji had in mind - a hidden village. Confident with his answer, he huffed a single sigh before answering to potentially solve the riddle at hand.
"It has to be a hidden village, namely the minor's ones considering they were used as the very battlefields for war. Amegakure, or better yet, its command tower. "
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2013 19:07:26 GMT -8 by Messatsu!